Homemade Pumpkin Puree For Dogs
In my last post about pumpkin, I mentioned that it was hard to get my hands on canned pumpkin this year.
When I researched if there was a shortage of Libby’s pumpkin in 2020 I didn’t come up with much other than some pumpkin crops were delayed a few weeks due to the high volume of rain that the country saw in the spring.
Libby’s isn’t reporting any shortage but I’m still and having a hard time finding it in Ohio.
I was able to track down 2 cans of an off-brand but just in case that’s it, I bought a few pie pumpkins to make my own pumpkin puree for dogs.
I’ve never made homemade pumpkin puree before so I looked up some recipes online.
Based on some of the sites that I visited it seems easy enough to make homemade pumpkin puree for dogs, although most recipes were for humans.
Some conflicting information I found was that some people baked the pumpkins at 350° F and others baked it at 400° F.
I baked mine at 350° for 45-50 minutes which is what the Pioneer Woman did.
What Type Of Pumpkins To Use
It’s recommended to use pie or sugar pumpkins if you’re making pumpkin puree because they are smaller and easier to cut but you can also use big carving pumpkins if that’s all you have on hand or can find.
I read that big carving pumpkins are not as flavorful as pie pumpkins but I have never compared them.
What You Need To Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree For Dogs
You don’t need much for this easy pumpkin recipe!
- 1 pie pumpkin
- Large sharp knife
- Large spoon for scoping out the seeds and innards
- Baking Sheet
- Parchment Paper
- Blender or food processor
- Storage container
Optional items are a metal strainer and cheesecloth to drain and excess water from the puree after it’s done baking
How To Cook The Pumpkin
- Preheat oven to 350 F
- Wash and dry pie pumpkins
- Carefully cut off the pumpkin stem
- Cut pumpkin in half
- Scoop out the seeds and strings with a large spoon
- Place pumpkin halves (flat side down) on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. You can also use a roasting pan.
- Bake for 45-50 minutes ( Mine were ready after 50 minutes so make sure to check on them)
Baking times will vary based on the size of your pumpkin so just make sure to peek on them.
There are done when the skin blisters and/or the pumpkin collapses.
You can also cut the pie pumpkin into quarters rather than only in half.
Parchment paper is optional but will make things less messy.
How To Make The Pumpkin Puree
- Allow your pumpkin to cool
- Remove the pumpkin skin by peeling or using a knife to peel away the skin
- Cut the pumpkin into smaller pieces
- Place pumpkin pieces in a food processor or blender
- Blend until smooth
If your pumpkin seems overly watery you can place a cheesecloth over a colander.
Place the colander over a bowl and allow the puree to drain for at least an hour, maybe more depending on what consistency you want.
My pumpkin did not seem watery at all so I did not drain it.1 small pie pumpkin gave me a little over 2 cups of pureed pumpkin.
I used a blender because I couldn’t find my food processor and honestly, it was so soft that I could have skipped the blender part.
Storing Homemade Pumpin Puree For Dogs
Store the pumpkin puree in an airtight container and place in the fridge for up to 5 days.
You can also store the puree in the freezer for up to 3 months. (probably longer)
I used some of mine for peanut butter and pumpkin dog treats and placed the rest in a Ziploc freezer bag.
Just make sure to remove the air from the bag.
How To Give Your Dog Pumpkin Puree
There are several different ways that you can serve homemade pumpkin puree to your dog.
- Add a few tablespoons to their food.
- Make homemade pumpkin dog cookies
- Make pumpkin ice cream
- Freeze the pumpkin puree in ice cube trays or silicon dog molds
- Put pumpkin puree in their Kong and freeze!
- Make pumpkin gelatin dog treats
Is Pumpkin Good For Dogs?
Pumpkin is packed with nutrients, high in fiber and low in calories.
In moderation, pumpkin can be a great addition to your dog’s diet.
It’s also known to help some dogs with diarrhea and constipation.
Just don’t overdo it because too much pumpkin can also induce diarrhea for some dogs.
It’s super easy to make homemade pumpkin puree and it’s the perfect alternative if you’re having a hard time finding canned pumpkin in the stores this year.
You can also use butternut squash as a substitution.